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The Palgrave Handbook of Digital Russia Studies

Editors: Gritsenko, Daria, Wijermars, Mariëlle, Kopotev, Mikhail (Eds.)

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  • Explores how Russia has been reconfigured in an era of ubiquitous connectivity
  • Answers practical and methodological questions concerning how to handle Russian data                       
  • Provides a useful guide to students and scholars interested in digitalization and digital research methods
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This open access handbook presents a multidisciplinary and multifaceted perspective on how the ‘digital’ is simultaneously changing Russia and the research methods scholars use to study Russia. It provides a critical update on how Russian society, politics, economy, and culture are reconfigured in the context of ubiquitous connectivity and accounts for the political and societal responses to digitalization. In addition, it answers practical and methodological questions in handling Russian data and a wide array of digital methods. The volume makes a timely intervention in our understanding of the changing field of Russian Studies and is an essential guide for scholars, advanced undergraduate and graduate students studying Russia today.


About the authors

Daria Gritsenko is Assistant Professor at the University of Helsinki, Finland, affiliated with the Aleksanteri Institute and the Helsinki Center for Digital Humanities (HELDIG). She is Co-Founder of Digital Russia Studies, an interdisciplinary network of scholars working at the intersection of ‘digital’ and ‘social’ in Russia and beyond.

Mariëlle Wijermars is Assistant Professor in Cyber-Security and Politics at Maastricht University, Netherlands. She is Co-Founder of Digital Russia Studies and Editor of the journal Studies in Russian, Eurasian and Central European New Media. She co-edited Freedom of Expression in Russia’s New Mediasphere (2020).

Mikhail Kopotev is Academic Supervisor of the MA program in Language Technology at HSE University, Russia, and Associate Professor at the University of Helsinki, Finland. His research interests include Corpus Linguistics, quantitative analysis of big textual data, plagiarism detection, and computer-assisted language learning. He is the author of Introduction to Corpus Linguistics (2014) and a co-editor of Quantitative Approaches to the Russian Language (2018).



‘This is the most comprehensive and timely book illuminating the impact of digitalization on all spheres of Russia’s social and cultural life.  Through the lens of this Handbook, contemporary Russia emerges in all its complexities and ambiguities.’

Lara Ryazanova-Clarke, University of Edinburgh, UK

 ‘A profoundly interdisciplinary resource that strikes the perfect balance between breadth and depth. Conceptually rich, analytical smart, and highly informative, the Handbook brings both students and scholars of Russia, Russian digital culture, and digital studies in general, critical insights into a newly emerging discipline.’

Michael S. Gorham, University of Florida, USA

Table of contents (32 chapters)

Table of contents (32 chapters)
  • Digital Russia Studies: An Introduction

    Pages 1-12

    Gritsenko, Daria (et al.)

  • The Digitalization of Russian Politics and Political Participation

    Pages 15-32

    Wijermars, Mariëlle

  • E-Government in Russia: Plans, Reality, and Future Outlook

    Pages 33-51

    Gritsenko, Daria (et al.)

  • Russia’s Digital Economy Program: An Effective Strategy for Digital Transformation?

    Pages 53-75

    Lowry, Anna

  • Law and Digitization in Russia

    Pages 77-93

    Muravyeva, Marianna (et al.)

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Bibliographic Information
Book Title
The Palgrave Handbook of Digital Russia Studies
  • Daria Gritsenko
  • Mariëlle Wijermars
  • Mikhail Kopotev
Palgrave Macmillan
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Number of Pages
XXII, 612
Number of Illustrations
38 b/w illustrations